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Start ups wanted to revolutionize the energy sector

Partner up with Wien Energie, who is responsible for ensuring the reliable supply of electricity, natural gas and heating for around two million people, 230.000 businesses and industrial facilities, as well as 4.500 farms in the Greater Vienna metropolitan area.

End Submission

August 18, 2019

Where

Vienna, Austria

We are looking for start-ups with power! The creativity and flexibility of start-ups, combined with our knowledge and experience, form the best preconditions for success. This is why we once again bet on the know-how of young entrepreneurs and look forward to create the solutions of future for the energy sector.

Michael Strebl, CEO Wien Energie

We are looking for start-ups with innovative solutions:

Innovative B2B and B2C Solutions

  • Innovative B2B and B2C Solutions
  • Innovative Business Models for PV
  • Smart Building Solutions for Housing Industry
  • Energy Community Services

Smart City Mobility

  • Smart Charging and Vehicle to Grid Solutions
  • Fleet Management, Route-planning and Parking Lot Search
  • Detection & Reservation of E-Car Parking Lots

Smart Infrastructure

  • Warehousing Solutions
  • Intelligent Waste Management along the Whole Supply Chain
  • Misthrow Detection in Waste Containers and Bunkers (Sensors + AI Solutions)

Decentral Energy Solutions

  • Decentralized Energy Technologies and Business Models
  • Energy Storage (Battery Storage & Thermal Storage)
  • Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Innovative Geothermal Drilling Solutions

Start-up | Key Benefits

01.

Get access to a large target group

Wien Energie is responsible for ensuring the reliable supply of electricity, natural gas and heating for around two million people, 230.000 businesses and industrial facilities, as well as 4.500 farms in the Greater Vienna metropolitan area.

Cooperating with us will kick-start your business development!

02.

Equity free and proof of concept budget

The program is equity free. After the Innovation Camp the jury will select the top start-ups for the acceleration phase and we will discuss individual cooperation contracts with you.

A separate budget is reserved for proofs of concept during this phase.

03.

A structured process for cooperation

Participate in our Innovation Camp, the Acceleration Phase and the Demo Day in Vienna – travel and accommodation (hotel & flight for 2 persons) expenses for the program sessions are covered by Wien Energie.

Benefit from a structured decision making process and top management support.

04.

Be part of our team

Contribute with your ideas to the Wien Energie Innovation Challenge. You will develop innovative solutions and products in the above mentioned areas and work together with Wien Energie experts in embedded teams.

Get the chance to work with leading mentors and experts.

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At the beginning of the Innovation-Challenge are creative business ideas – at the end there are new products and solutions.
If you want to change something in the energy industry, you are in the right place!

Winners |

We are very proud! These are the winners of the Wien Energie Innovation-Challenges:

BotTina the ready to assist chatbot, Maintenance 4.0 – AR/Hololens for the power plant, as well as the project Smart Drone Inspection.
Since then, all projects have been in progress or are already in full swing and will continue to be pushed forward in 2019.

Startup | References

See what attendees of the last innovation challenge have to say.
We would be glad to list your statement next year :-)

Frequently Asked Questions

We aim high at being focused on building relationships with our clients and community.

You submit your application via the weXelerate application tool. The information you submit during the application will be processed and saved on the application platform.
The application process begins by filling out an online form, which will be available for about one month (until 26th of July). In this form you will be answering questions about your start-up, your team, your business model and the market you are active in.
Yes, of course. Please specify any information on past financing rounds and shareholding structures in your application form.
Your application should contain as much information as needed for outsiders to comprehend your business model and market opportunities. The decision if your start-up is chosen for the Innovation-Challenge will be made on the basis of the information in your application form.
The Innovation-Challenge aims to collaboratively identify and build new dimensions on the market. The primary language will be German but you can also present in English.
After the Innovation Camp we will discuss an individual cooperation contract with you.
The acceleration phase will take place for 4 months. Start-ups don’t necessarily need to be in Vienna but should at least invest 2 days/week. The aim is to build a prototype and/or prepare the project for a successful cooperation/launch. Budget for first prototypes and pilot projects might be provided.
There will be meetings on your progress every two weeks – either remote or directly on-site.
Travel and accommodation (hotel & flight for 2 persons) expenses for the Innovation Camp, the Acceleration Phase and the Demo Day in Vienna are covered by Wien Energie.
Reasonable accommodation costs will be reimbursed.
You will be required to sign a short non-disclosure agreement to participate at the camp. Some of the information likely to be shared may be sensitive, because it is related to the energy sector.
After the Jury has selected the best teams of the Innovation Camp, the Acceleration Phase will start and we will discuss individual cooperation contracts with you.
Martina Egger

Questions? Contact us

Martina Egger

Projekt Manager
martina@innovationchallenge.at
+43 660 1883741